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  • Allen Domelle

Holding Fast Your Integrity

Job 2:3

And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.

One thing Satan did not consider about Job was the strength of his integrity. Satan tried everything he could to destroy Job’s integrity, but he failed. He took his job, wealth, transportation, children, health, wife, and friends, and still, Job held his integrity. To Job, his integrity meant more than life. He would rather die with integrity than lose it for the sake of ease.

If this world needs anything, it needs believers who hold fast to their integrity no matter what comes their way. Integrity is continuing to do right despite right not making your life any better. Integrity is doing right despite your life getting worse since you started doing right. Integrity is loving truth more than loving the ease of pleasure. Integrity is what keeps you doing right despite the onslaught of bad. You show me what your quitting points are, and I will show you your integrity. One of the greatest needs of any believer is to hold onto their integrity so they can prove Satan wrong. There are three areas where you need to have integrity.

First, you need to have integrity with yourself. One reason you must not quit doing right is because you must live with yourself. Integrity has a way of allowing you to sleep good at night. Integrity is what allows you to have a clear conscience. It was Paul who said that he lived in all good conscience. Why could he say this? He could say this because he kept his integrity with himself. It does not matter what others know about you as much as what you know about yourself. Integrity is what allows you to live with yourself. If you want to have integrity with yourself, you must do right even when you are alone. I would rather do right and know I am doing the right thing despite being hated by most people than to compromise and have to live with knowing that I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing.

Second, you need to have integrity with others. Integrity with others is what gives you a testimony to witness to them. If you don't do right with others to your own hurt, you will not hold your integrity. People do watch how you live. They see whether you are faithful to church. They hear your conversations about your spouse. They watch how you work on the job. They see whether you do right all the time or only on Sundays. Your integrity with others is always tested by what you do in public. If you don't have integrity with yourself, you will fail to have integrity with others.

Third, you need to have integrity with God. God knew Job’s heart, which is why He was not afraid to put Job to the test. God knew that nothing would stop Job from doing right because he held fast to his integrity. God knew that integrity was essential to Job. My friend, having integrity with God is key to His trust in your abilities. God can only use you to the degree of your integrity. He knows your heart better than you do; therefore, you must determine to do right despite anything that tries to stop you or hurt you. You will not hold fast your integrity with God like Job till you say, till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me that. You will only hold fast your integrity when you say, Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (Job 13:15)

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